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First Edition Cycling News for August 12, 2005

Edited by Jeff Jones

Julich into fourth on ProTour rankings

Bobby Julich (CSC)
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Eneco Tour winner Bobby Julich (Team CSC) has moved up to fourth in the ProTour rankings with 130 points, 54 behind leader Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas-Bianchi). Julich, winner of the first ProTour race (Paris-Nice) has an outside chance of taking back the lead with the Tour of Germany and other ProTour stage race coming up, but Di Luca will no doubt be doing his best in the one day races. Second placed Lance Armstrong (Discovery Channel, 139 pts) has retired and will obviously not challenge for any more points, while third placed Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile, 136 pts) is in the quieter part of his season.

In the teams rankings, Phonak holds a six point lead over Team CSC, with Rabobank in third place. Italy is the number one ranked nation on 574 points, ahead of the USA (468 pts) and Spain (355 pts).

Rankings as of August 11, 2005

1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                184 pts
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             139
3 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                             136
4 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                          130
5 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                          120
6 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              111
7 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                   101
8 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       98
9 Santiago Botero Echeverry (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                95
10 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                    94
1 Phonak Hearing Systems                                              269 pts
2 Team CSC                                                            263
3 Rabobank                                                            256
4 Davitamon-Lotto                                                     252
5 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                                217
6 Credit Agricole                                                     211
7 Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                                          210
8 T-Mobile Team                                                       210
9 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                                  206
10 Fassa Bortolo                                                      203
1 Italy                                                               574 pts
2 United States of America                                            468
3 Spain                                                               355
4 Germany                                                             284
5 Belgium                                                             251
6 Australia                                                           236
7 Netherlands                                                         183
8 Kazakhstan                                                          143
9 France                                                              121
10 Switzerland                                                        108
Full rankings: Individuals, Teams, Nations

Quick.Step and Illes Balears to San Sebastian

Quick.Step-Innergetic has announced the following riders for Clasica San Sebastian: Paolo Bettini, Kevin De Weert, José Antonio Garrido, Juan Miguel Mercado, Cristian Moreni, José Antonio Pecharroman, Filippo Pozzato and Rik Verbrugghe. Directeur sportif: Serge Parsani.

Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne will be taking: José Luis Arrieta, José Luis Carrasco, Imanol Erviti, Pablo Lastras, Iker Leonet, Francisco Mancebo, Toni Tauler and Xabier Zandio. Directeurs sportifs: Eusebio Unzue and José Luis Jaimerena.

For the Subida a Urkiola, on the Sunday following San Sebastian, Illes Balears will field the same team, minus Pablo Lastras.

Guerini a dad

T-Mobile's Giuseppe Guerini, winner of a Tour de France stage, has another reason to celebrate: the birth of son Simone on Sunday, August 7. The mother and baby are doing well. Guerini was originally planned to ride in San Sebastian this weekend, but the team will let him stay home with his new family.

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

Women's Prestige Cycling Series names teams for Bermuda GP

Team winners Webcor
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The top ten teams in the US-based Women's Prestige Cycling Series following the International Tour de 'Toona are headed for the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix (September 22-25). Each team will receive a generous travel grant and assistance with housing. On top, Webcor Builders is continuing to demonstrate impressive depth, leading second place Quark Cycling by 461 points. They also have two riders in the top five overall and the top two riders in the Best Young Rider competition.

In the individual Standings, Christine Thorburn's (Webcor Builders) second place finish at the Tour de Toona, a mere 1 second behind Geneviève Jeanson, may have put the overall series win out of the reach of her competition. Thorburn's wins at the PoolGel Redlands Classic and the Nature Valley Grand Prix, combined with second place points in Altoona, give her a 211 point lead over Quark's Annette Beutler. With 220 points on the line for the win in Bermuda, Beutler could still take the overall series, but only if Thorburn failed to finish in the top 40 at the Series' finale. However, the competition for the other podium spots remains hot, with just over 100 points separating the next four riders.

Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders) claimed an unassailable lead in the series' Best Young Rider competition when she took fifth place overall at the Tour de Toona. Along with her current fourth place in the overall Series standings, the youngster is clearly a rider to watch for the future. This will be Willock's second year as the top young rider in the Series. However, like the individual competition, the other podium positions remain up for grabs.

Sprinters are also recognized by the Women's Prestige Cycling Series. Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile) retained her lead by winning the Tour de' Toona's sprint competition. Quark is also showing well in the sprint competition, with three riders in the top five, including the dynamic duo of Tina Pic and Laura Van Gilder in second and third. Gina Grain (Victory Brewing), last year's winner of the Series sprint competition, is currently in fourth.

Standings after race 3

1 Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders)    605 pts
2 Annette Beutler (Quark Cycling)         396
3 Kimberly Baldwin (T-Mobile)             374
4 Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders)        297
5 Tina Pic (Quark Cycling)                292
Best Young rider
1 Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders)        660 pts
2 Stefanie Graeter (Webcor Builders)      352
3 Alisha Lion (Ford-Basis)                319
4 Kathleen Billington (Diet Cheerwine)    264
5 Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing)        253
1 Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile)               561 pts
2 Tina Pic (Quark)                        422
3 Laura Gilder (Quark)                    396
4 Gina Grain (Victory Brewing)            286
5 Annette Beutler (Quark)                 275
1 Webcor                                 1361 pts
2 Quark                                   906
3 T-Mobile                                848
4 Ford-Basis                              277
5 Victory Brewing                         225
6 Colavita/Cooking Light                  193
7 Diet Cheerwine                          107
8 Velo Girls                               87
9 Lipton                                   70
10 Subway                                  20

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Irish hopes in Junior World's

By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

Salzburg, Austria is the setting for the Junior World Road Championships this weekend. In contrast to recent years, the juniors will have the stage all to themselves, as before this, they formed part of the championships where all disciplines were catered for along with the professionals.

Ireland will have five juniors in action: Martin Munroe (Connacht), Ciaran Cassidy, Ciaran Kelly, Sean Rock (all Leinster) and Maurice O'Brien (Munster). Munroe goes in the time trial on Friday, and the quartet will be in action in the road race on Sunday.

Performance Manager Martin O'Loughlin is hoping for a good showing. "The team has a balanced look to it," he said. "Martin Munroe has won international time trials in the Junior Tour de Paco in France and the Martin Donnelly Junior Tour. His experience from Verona last year will stand to him, as will his preparation for the track individual pursuit.

"Ciaran Kelly has come on leaps and bounds this season and is an exciting talent. Maurice O'Brien has done everything asked of him. His early results in Belgium were encouraging and he has shown that he is on form in the Martin Donnelly Junior Tour and the World Track Championships. Ciaran Cassidy´s early season was blighted by illness, but he has hit form at just the right time. Sean Rock's results and general attitude in the Sean Kelly Cycling Academy have impressed all of those who work with him. His selfless riding for his team mates won him many admirers in the M. Donnelly Junior Tour."

Mark Scanlon's win the Junior Worlds in 1998 has been a real tonic down the years for Irish teams competing abroad. Also there is a belief at home and abroad that this team can deliver and the fact that Ciaran Kelly raked up a number of wins on the continent early in the year. He is obviously the trump card.

Gough gets UCI scholarship

17 year-old Westley Gough, who together with fellow New Zealanders Sam Bewley, Jesse Sergent and Darren Shea won the Gold medal at the Junior World Track Championships in the Team Pursuit, has been granted a three-month scholarship from the UCI at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. Gough is predicted a bright future in cycling, also by his coach, former professional cyclist Brendon Vesty.

"He's still so young and he's actually got another year to go in the juniors," Vesty told Hawke's Bay Today. "Even though he's had this success on the track, ultimately, I think his future will be on the road and I believe he'll become a really good professional. I'm talking about Tour de France level here, because I truly believe he has that much talent."

Richard Sachs/CYBC Cyclocross Team is back

The Richard Sachs/CYBC Cyclocross Team has announced its squad for the upcoming U.S. 'cross season - its ninth in total. "This is the longest running, most successful cross gig in town", said team director, sponsor, and racer, the Connecticut-based frame builder Richard Sachs.

With past team members including Jonathan Page and Tyler Johnson, the Richard Sachs team continues to build on the success of its history. Returning to the team is 1999 USA Espoirs Cyclocross National Championship silver medalist and former World Championship team member, Justin Spinelli. The youngest American ever to race the Giro d'Italia, with Farm Frites in 2000, Justin has since raced with Team Saeco, Navigators, and most recently TARGETRAINING.

Also returning is multi-time USCF Cyclocross National Champion (Junior, Espoirs, and Collegiate) and recently-married Alicia Genest-Hamblen, who is now set to continue her winning ways in the Elite category.

Joining Justin and Alicia will be two undiscovered talents that have great potential: Noah Taylor is a strong, young New Hampshire racer who has come into his own over the past two seasons and will be a threat in the Elite class. Connecticut-based Bryan Hayes has been moving steadily through the Espoirs ranks, and is setting his sights for a breakthrough season and a slot on the USA's World Championship team.

Richard Sachs/CYBC stalwart, and former Women's 30+ National Champion Katrina Davis is taking the 2005/06 season off to pursue an even greater challenge: parenthood.

The team will have a split focus this season, contesting both the Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series and the Verge Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross Series. It also expect to make a strong showing in the Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross, all leading up the USCF Cyclocross National Championships in Providence, RI where the team will try to extend its eight-consecutive year medal streak and go for its 10th Cyclocross National Championship since 1997.

Main sponsors

RGM Watch Company
Hudson Valley Velodrome, Inc.

Product sponsors

Richard Sachs - Bicycle frames & forks
Cane Creek - Wheels, headsets, top-mount brake levers, and cantilever brakes
Challenge Tires - Tubulars
Crank Brothers - Pedals
Joe Bell - Custom paint
Oval Concepts - Handlebars & stems
Pacenti Cycle Design - Bottom bracket shells
Rudy Project USA - Helmets, eyewear
Selle San Marco - Saddles
Verge America, Ltd. - Team clothing

Team Time Trial in Iowa

Due to the popularity of the team time trial stage in races like the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, the Hawkeye Bicycle Association will be hosting a team time trial state championship event in Columbus City, Iowa, USA on Saturday, August 20. The distance and format chosen is the same as the Olympics and World Championships from 1960 to 1992: Four riders per team, racing over 100 kilometres. The trial timing is set on the third rider for each team. This particular course is about 33.6 km per lap, meaning the teams will ride three laps. All teams are welcome to participate.

Full details are available at the Iowa Bicycle Racing Association website:

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